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The Charleston Profile

A new album, a new baby, and a new take on some old-as-the-hillbillies rock ’n’ roll truths keep Charleston’s favorite musical duo, Shovels & Rope, making a grand noise

Ninety years after the untimely death of Edmund Thornton Jenkins, Spoleto Festival USA premieres his unfinished operetta, Afram ou La Belle Swita. Learn more about the son of the world-renowned Jenkins Orphanage Band founder who became one of the first American composers to merge musical nuances of the black South with the concert traditions of Europe and quite possibly helped inspire the music of Porgy and Bess


Plein-air painter West Fraser’s new book captures the love of his Lowcountry homeland and its magnificent light

Jenny and Michael Messner nurture a bold, green future for Charleston, from the Low Line to Laurel Island, wherever that is...

Amy and Asher Driggers hit the town with bags and gloves in tow—and plenty of skin in the game.

Activist and educator DR. MILLICENT BROWN was a “first child” to integrate Charleston public schools in 1963 and today continues to speak out against racism and social injustice

Tracy and Bob Doran infuse “community” back into community development—and have this thing for oysters

For prolific artist Richard ''Duke'' Hagerty, a four-decade retrospective of his wild surrealist paintings is just another launching point

Filmmaker Julie Dash, celebrated for elevating African-American heritage on the silver screen, is chronicling the worldly vibrations of culinary griot and beatnik Geechee girl Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor

Whether she’s flying from coast to coast to headline international conferences, networking at the Cannes Lions creativity festival, or hosting global business leaders at her south-of-broad home, digital media
pioneer Wenda Harris Millard is focused on making connections

College of Charleston alum Glenn McConnell—formerly one of the state’s most powerful politicians—talks about taking the helm of his alma mater amidst controversy last summer, as well as his plans for guiding the historical institution into the future


Life on the water with “Clammer Dave” Belanger, who’s been cultivating and harvesting his specialized, nationally sought-after bivalves—Caper’s Clams, Caper’s Blades oysters, and new Cape Romaine Clusters—from local waterways

As he heads down the homestretch, Mayor Riley seems to be gaining steam. He may need it

On the water (and in the air) with Chucktown’s own pro kiteboarder, Davey Blair

From “grown-to-sewn” to big vats of moody blues, Donna Hardy is dyeing to reclaim history

WINGS for Kids CEO Bridget Laird is taking the locally based nonprofit—which focuses on developing social and emotional intelligence in underserved children—to new heights

Renowned Charleston milliner Leigh Magar follows South Carolina’s textile history to Columbia’s Olympia Mill Village and finds inspiration for her new line of hand-dyed and -sewn dresses

Jacob Lindsey brings equal parts chutzpah and worldly know-how to Charleston’s Civic Design Center

Last December, a group of F&B pros gathered at The Grocery downtown—some returning home from as far off as Sonoma and points in between—to pay tribute to chef Frank Lee, a culinary master and mentor, a friend and philosopher who has helped shape a generation of cooks

Twelve years ago, local physician Dr. Ann Kulze left her busy Mount Pleasant family practice, dedicating her life’s work to educating the public at large on healthy eating habits and lifestyles. Today—five books, 150 web videos, and countless speaking engagements later—the wellness guru charges on, spreading her mantra to eat right and live life, right now